MS Society appoints new Chief Executive

Published date: 28 May 2013 at 9:23AM

Headshot of Michelle MitchellThe MS Society is delighted to announce the appointment of Michelle Mitchell as its new Chief Executive from September.

Michelle is a highly experienced leader and is currently Charity Director General at Age UK.

Michelle will be taking over from Acting Chief Executive Patricia Gordon; her appointment follows the departure of former MS Society CEO Simon Gillespie.

She has led pioneering, high profile campaigns and driven policy change in a number of critical areas, including social care funding, which have resulted in fundamental improvements for those in later life. She also led on core elements of the merger between Age Concern and Help the Aged and the brand launch to create Age UK.

Michelle previously worked for NSPCC and in Parliament, and is currently a Trustee of Platform51 and the British Gas Energy Trust.

She said:

"I am delighted to be joining an excellent team at the MS Society. I believe the charity’s inspirational work, from world-class research to practical information and support, is fundamental to improving the lives of people with multiple sclerosis.

"I am looking forward to working with staff and volunteers to build on the excellent achievements of the last 60 years."

Hilary Sears, Chairman of the MS Society, said, "Michelle has a successful track record as a leader and brings with her extensive experience in public affairs, strategy development and research and was part of the team that led the merger of Age Concern and Help the Aged and launched Age UK.

"The Trustees and I are looking forward to working with her as the MS Society enters an exciting and dynamic phase of its development, creating a clear vision for the next 20 years to ensure we meet our bold ambition to stop MS in our lifetimes."

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